Golconda Fort History:
Golconda Fort is located in the western part of Hyderabad city and about 9 km from Hussain Sagar Lake. The outer fort occupies an area of three square km or 4.8 km in length.
It was originally known as Mankal and was built on top of a hill in 1143. It was originally a mud fort during the reign of Rajah of Warangal. It was then fortified between the 14th and 17th centuries by the Bahmani sultans and later by the ruling Qutub Shahi dynasty. Golconda was the main capital of the Qutub Shahi kings. The inner fort contains palace ruins, mosques, and a hilltop pavilion, which rises to around 130 meters high and offers panoramic views of other buildings.
Golconda Fort is, without doubt, one of the most magnificent fortification complexes in India. The history of the Golconda Fort dates back to the early 13th century when it was ruled by the Kakatiya, followed by the Qutub Shahi kings, who ruled the area in the 16th and 17th centuries. The fortress sits on a 120-meter-high granite hill while massive crenelated walls surround this structure.
It was originally called Shepherd’s Hill, which means Golla Konda in Telugu, while according to legend, on this rocky hill, a shepherd boy had met an idol and the information was passed on to the ruling King Kakatiya at the time. . The king built a mud fort around this holy place and after 200 years the Bahamani rulers took possession of the place. Later, the kings of Qutub Shahi turned it into a huge granite fort that stretched for 5 km in circumference. The fort is considered a silent witness to historical events. Qutub Shahis’s reign in Golconda ended in 1687 when he was crushed by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, who intentionally left him in ruins.
Golconda still has mounted cannons, four drawbridges, eight entrances and majestic corridors, stores, stables, etc. The outermost enclosure is called Fateh Darwaza, which means Gate of Victory after Aurangzeb’s army has successfully passed through this gate. In Fateh Darwaza, one can witness fantastic acoustic effects, which is one of the many famous engineering marvels in Golconda. Applause at a certain point near the entrance to the dome echoes, which is clearly heard in the pavilion at the top of the hill, nearly a mile away. This served as a warning note to the inhabitants of the fort of any imminent danger. Of course, now visitors are entertained. The fort is gaining an impressive place among the architectural wonders and heritage structures of India and is a testament to Hyderabad’s glorious past.
Golconda Fort Timing:
Opening Time : 9:00 AM Closing Time : 5:00 PM
Golconda Fort will be closed on Friday’s
Open on All Public Holidays
Enter fee: Rs. 10 for Indian’s, Rs. 100 for Foreigner’s
Charges For Golconda Fort Sound & Light Show and Timing:
1st Show English All Days
2nd Show in Telugu on Monday, Wednesday & Friday, and Hindi on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.
Golconda Fort Show Timings:
From November to February
1st Show 6:30 pm
2nd Show 7.45 pm
From March to October
1st Show 7:00 pm
2nd Show 8.15 pm
The ticket counter will be open from 5:30 PM
Golconda Fort Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Golconda Fort Contact Details:
For Enquirers: 040-23512401
For Bulk Bookings: 9848185772
Golconda Fort Contact Details:
Telangana – 500008.
Phone number: 040-23512401